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“Support and Solidarity with Narco News So That It May Keep Living, Narrating and Examining”

A Letter from Journalist and Historian Adolfo Gilly to Luis A. Gómez


By Adolfo Gilly

February 28, 2006

Dear Luis:

Without a variable but indispensable dose of rage, one can’t even write calm, collected comments. Indignation is a substantial part of any truth about the state of things in the world. And rage is compassion, and compassion, when it provokes outrage, is good, and has much to do with life and little to do with economic calculus.

I’m writing all this to tell you that I find those three ingredients — truth, indignation and compassion — plus a style very much of the times, in the black pages of your Narco News. Roberto Arlt, the radical Argentine author of the novel El Juguete Rabioso would have liked to write in your pages.

(El Juguete Rabioso — “The Angry Toy” — the mad child who can’t sit still, was the namesake for both a La Paz newspaper and for a new tango by composer Acho Estol, sung by the peerless Dolores Solá: “Madwoman, exile me not from your mouth/For the guilt that touches you, mention me one more time/It’s typical of me, who lives in shame/I’m given one good hand and I have to ruin it.”)

Luis: for the reasons stated above, because of the energy and desire needed to continue the mad venture that is Narco News, because of the guilt that touches all of us and because of the good hand that was given to us in Bolivia, I add myself to the call, to the request, to the plea and exhortation of Raquel, Raúl, Carlos, Jean and all the rest who ask for support and solidarity with Narco News so that it may keep living, narrating and examining.

Just so you don’t think these are mere words and nothing more, I send you my donation with she who has “stars for eyes,” she that knows that all paths come from Q’alachaka, and that all lead back there.

Whoever wants to make his or her own donation, online, can do so here:

http://www.authenticjournalism.org/

Or show support with a check mailed to:

The Fund for Authentic Journalism
P.O. Box 241
Natick, MA 01760 USA

So, may Narco News press on, and as don Eduardo Abaroa says, still splendidly mounted on his horse in the famous statue in front of Café Alexander in La Paz, his rifle raised high in the air:

“Us, surrender? Your grandmother should surrender, goddamit!”

– Adolfo Gilly
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